Review: ‘Night Sky With Exit Wounds,’ Verses From Ocean Vuong – The New York Times

“In one of the searing poems in this remarkable new collection, Ocean Vuong juxtaposes chaotic scenes from the April 1975 fall of Saigon with lines from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” — the song broadcast on Armed Forces Radio to signal that the final evacuation was underway:“The treetops glisten and children listen, the chief of police/ facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola./ A palm-sized photo of his father soaking/ beside his left ear.” ”

Source: Review: ‘Night Sky With Exit Wounds,’ Verses From Ocean Vuong – The New York Times

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